We visited Hai Onn, a Hainanese restaurant located in a shoplot along Burmah Road, Penang. This restaurant has been around for many years and is one of the few old style traditional Hainanese restaurant around Georgetown. Inside the shop are several hawker stalls, with one selling koay teow soup, which is a favourite Penang hawker food. From noon onwards, this place operates as a restaurant.
They have a few signature dishes including the Hainanese Pork Chop and Chicken Chop. Their version is done differently from those sold nowadays. I like the delicious flavor of the starchy potato gravy which goes well with toast bread.
This is the Hainanese Hokkien Char. Noticed the simplicity of this dish, it does not have the usual thick black soy sauce that most hawkers will use nowadays.
We had the Inchi Kabin (fried chicken Haninese style), Roti Babi and Choon Piah (spring roll). The accompanying sauce for these three deep-fried dishes is appetizing and spicy.
We had several stir-fried dishes to go with white rice – cabbage with egg, pork in thick black soy sauce, egg with bitter gourd, gulai tumis black promfret and tanghoon soup.
Pork in thick black soy sauce
Fried egg with bitter gourd
This is the gulai tumis black promfret prepared with lots of lady fingers. This is good….. the sauce is rich with chopped onions, lemon grass and lotus flower.
The tanghoon (glass noodles) mushroom soup turns out a bit oily.
If you have a craving for this type of Hainanese food, do drop by this restaurant. Do bear in mind that service can be a bit slow especially when it is crowded as the chef takes his time cooking up the dishes. Business hours are from 8am – 9pm (for the coffee shop) and 11am – 9pm (for the restaurant). It is close on Monday.
Hai Onn Restaurant
53- 55 Burma Road
Tel : 04 2274751
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GPS Coordinate : N 05 25.049 E 100 19.737